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Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript
Learning PHP, MySQL, and JavaScript
by Robin Nixon
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Delivers What It Promises, 21 April 2012
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A very good, consice and up to the point book for the beginners in web programming.
Definitely worth it's salt and a great read for the layman.


Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)
Seven Languages in Seven Weeks: A Pragmatic Guide to Learning Programming Languages (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Bruce A. Tate
Edition: Paperback
Price: £18.50

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoying To Say The Least, 21 April 2012
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That's one of the books that I fell in love with. A tour de force on various programming paradigms. After that you'll be expert in none of the languages/paradigms presented (most possibly you won't even remember the specifics of most of them) but you'll feel MUCH richer as a professional and as a human.

Writter is speaking like a good friend you got out with for a coffee and that's the feeling of the whole book.


The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network (The Morgan Kaufmann Seris in Metworking)
The Illustrated Network: How TCP/IP Works in a Modern Network (The Morgan Kaufmann Seris in Metworking)
by Walter Goralski
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £59.99

1.0 out of 5 stars Incoherent At Best And Very Tiring, 21 April 2012
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This is by far one of the most incoherent and badly organised books I've ever read. Topics are presented in a chaotic way that leaves no room for a thorough buildup of knowledge.

Comparing it with the classic TCP/IP illustrated is only a marketing trik as far as I can understand because the "TCP/IP" series was deeply educational (meaning there was at least some thought in how the topics were presented) while "illustrated network" could only pose as a reference for the seasoned engineer.


The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Pragmatic Life)
The Passionate Programmer: Creating a Remarkable Career in Software Development (Pragmatic Life)
by Chad Fowler
Edition: Paperback

5 of 11 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not Inspiring And Full Of Profanities, 21 April 2012
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I mainly bought this book out of marketing from my peers. Unfortunatelly it's not what I was expecting - which were smart ways to boost your career and see a bit further in the industry.

The book is full of profanities and a childish logic. It's basic line of thought is "devote yourself almost totally in programming and your career will get better". Written maybe for teenager hackers but doesn't speak the least to a modern professional trying to make a living out of programming and maintain a healthy work-life balance.


The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.49

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Hocus Pocus, 6 Oct. 2011
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This was the first book in years that drove me mad due its sloppiness and biasing. I didn't finish it - I couldn't finish it.
The writer claims to be (or wanna be) a philosopher but he can't (or won't) understand a thing beyond his free market dogma. That's only natural - he makes his living out of this - but also renders his insights useless.

For example he finds it difficult to understand how a libertarian won't accept the "freedom" of doing one's money whatever he wants. He claims that this doesn't fit with liberty and thus a libertarian should support uttmost "liberty" on everything not giving a damn on its impact on society. Excuse me but that is school garden philosophy at best or cheap free market propaganda at worst.

Anyway. Yet another supposedly fun-to-read witty book for people that don't want to see the real roots of problems and while almost everything is falling apart they expect an unlikely black-swan to save the day big time.

I'm really sorry I spend my money on it.


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